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Zag project : Process

ZAG project is based on the design of a directory of parametric 3D models (allowing to vary independently and precisely the “parts” that constitute it, and thus to generate different versions, at will), then the experimentation of many structural variants.

This protocol, which combines programming, methodology, intuition and experience, is made up of a back and forth between modelling, handling the parts produced and observing the machine’s behaviour (facilitated by the technical transparency of FDM 3D printing).

Identification of possible properties

First, it was necessary to distinguish a certain number of potential structural qualities, specific to additive manufacturing, in order to diversify the experiments.

ZAG : Mapping of potential qualities of additive manufacturing

Design of parametric 3D models and generation of variants

I made the parametric 3D files in the form of computer code, thanks to the free software OpenSCAD, on the principle of CSG modelling (Constructive Solid Geometry).

ZAG Parametric 3D model : generation of variants

Experiment sheets

The most interesting samples were the subject of experiment sheets, which summarize all the important information about them (reference, main parameters used, sample properties, etc.).

ZAG : fiche d'expérience

The ZAG project is an exploration of the potential of 3D wire deposition printing. This research aims to highlight the specific qualities of this manufacturing technique (see ZAG Project: introduction).

See other articles related to the ZAG project :
– ZAG project : introduction
– ZAG project : experiments